World Leaders given J.A.C.s Painting by the UK Government as a State Gift
"J.A.C leads a new generation of 21st Century Landscape Painters who paint outside on mobile tablets and smartphones" BBC
The Heads of Government who received J.A.C's painting 'Celic Approach' shown below. (Photograph by the The Wales News Service)
'Celtic Approach' painted by J.A.C. outside the Celtic Manor Resort in South Wales, UK . January 2014
J.A.C's WORK CHOSEN BY THE UK GOVERNMENT AS A GIFT FOR WORLD LEADERS
On the 5 of September 2014, sixty one Heads of State & Government were given a limited edition signed print of the J.A.Cs work by the UK government. It made history: being the first state gift of art rendered using a digital painting application.
On the subject of this gift J.A.C has said
"The past year has been amazing; a Lumen Prize Top 100 Global Artist award, a BBC feature, my V&A show, and now the state gift of my work to world leaders. It is a clear signal to the world that digital art is important, relevant and meaningful in today's society."
"The joy in what I do arises from being outside, and having the time to look more intently at the places I visit. The art created is a popular by-product. Tablet computers & mobile phones promise to have the same affect that tubed paint did after its advent in 1841: they set artists free of the studio. Ten minutes painting outside via digital device is worth a year painting in a studio. They allow me to paint in places where I could never take traditional paints e.g. in the middle of a rising tidal river; atop Snowdon Mountain at -5 degrees Centigrade; on a pedestrian island - one can simply sketch whenever & wherever the light inspires you."
J.A.C's Digital Art Magna Carta
"It is my aspiration to inspire everyone outside to sketch on digital devices. The main mechanism I have for this is the #Massdraw"
#massdraws enable you to make peace with 'artists' you may see as not operating in the 'real world': by meeting again the inner artist you left behind when you were younger. Sketching outside underpins your human right to take time to observe more closely what is around you. Quickly sharing your work via social media enables you to make peace with the popular view that not everyone can draw: as the feedback you will receive will undoubtedly be positive. You will know that 'cannot' need not be part of your vocabulary, but 'have done and will do' does.
Example examples of mobile digital art can be seen here: #400in14:
Example of my practice: